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'Almost' converted me!
on 7 January 2010
I was provided with a review copy of this book, but here I provide an unbiased review based on reading the book in full.
Firstly I had never heard of the author, not being in any way into fishing. I wouldn't be able to name a fish if it bit me on the bum (a dogfish?) and getting up to go fishing would, to me, appear a punishment.
But this is a gorgeous looking book, and I thought I might have a glimpse of something out of my normal sphere of reading.
Yes there is a fishing theme, and a carp (which is a fish I learn) and the lake is a bit of a central theme around which the author places a number of characters. This is actually a book about people and their relationships and outlooks but set clearly within an outdoor environment.
All joking apart I warmed to a subject I thought I might not, and I started to care about the characters, even the bloody fish! It is well written by an author who knows his stuff but this is character driven fiction, not "a story that fishing types might like'. And as such, I enjoyed it and while it may have taken me out of my comfort zone, rest assured I have no desire to sit beside a bit of water waiting for something to yank on the end if my fishing stick. But this was good stuff.